In February, I wrote to you about being optimistic, but then I fell silent. I’ll admit I’ve struggled the past couple of months to keep up my positive outlook. In Ontario, we are under a full stay-at-home order until June 2 due to the continued rise in COVID cases. Vaccine roll-out has been slow here (I finally got my first shot on May 1!), and it’s unclear when our students will get their turn. Nonetheless, Fall planning has begun for a return to campus despite all the uncertainties like building occupancy limits and variants. I can’t quite believe it, but I think I was busier at work this March and April than during the same timeframe last year.
Two teams of researchers received the 2020 POD Innovation Award for projects involved with designing and sustaining inclusive learning environments and surveying students about memorable assignments.
The 2020 recipients of the annual Robert J. Menges Award investigated benefits of multi-institutional course design and impacts of a faculty learning community on online education.
Call for Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2021
The POD Network invites educational developers and scholars to submit reflective responses to the Randall Bass essay “What’s the Problem Now? for a special issue of the To Improve the Academy journal to be published in in fall/winter 2021.
Application deadline: January 28, 11:59 pm EST
The Diversity Committee is excited to announce several openings on its Executive Team, each of which presents an opportunity to work toward POD’s ambitious diversity goals with a group of dynamic, highly engaged POD members.
In February of this year, the POD Network’s Executive and Core Committees acknowledged the structural, systemic, and interpersonal racism that persists within the POD Network. At that time we knew necessary changes would not happen overnight, nor without errors and missteps along the way. But we believe that we can create an organization in which our espoused ideals—particularly our organizational commitment to equity—more closely match the lived reality of all our members. Since February, the POD Network has undertaken the following actions to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2020
The POD Network invites educational developers and scholars to submit short essays for a special practitioner-focused issue of the To Improve the Academy journal to be published in in February/March 2021.
Friday, November 20
This session is sponsored by the POD Network Professional Development Committee as an opportunity to connect, support, and create community with your new educational development colleagues.